Posted by Reubenhop
I agree with you that the discontent in Iran is for real. This is why I keep begging people to step back from the ledge when it comes to aggressive posturing in that country. I'm a broken record here, but moderate Persians are driven into the arms of radicals, when we attempt to dominate them. Tribal pride - to say nothing of the will to survive - kicks in, and the common enemy that binds them, becomes us.
I think it would be strategically wise to make ourselves a less easy target of such hatred, which would make it harder for Iran's ruling class to use the non-stop scapegoating as a perennially successful campaign strategy.
But....it's hard for me to imagine that our CIA isn't at LEAST channeling money to opposition groups somehow, or getting involved in its habitual election tampering / propaganda ops (such as, fake 'Iranian' news outlets). That's kind of their main gig (speaking of one trick ponies)....
Oh well. I grasp and occasioanlly share your frustration, but as you know, I'm not different enough to feel anything but hypocritical if I were too very harsh.
I just tend to see the Big IT as more complicated, and less monolithic.